ENOUGH is ENOUGH!

Enough of trying to justify

Enough of trying to explain away

Enough of excuses

Enough of acting entitled

Enough of acting superior.

Enough!

Enough of thinking that your brutality, unwanted touch, unwanted approval, unwanted lust, unwanted watch, unwanted comments, unwanted violence; is okay.

It is not!

No “authoritative” figure, no law enforcement, no gun, no bullet is more important than the next person. No pity story for the police is needed. Justice is needed, change is needed, healing is needed, apologies are needed, admittance is needed, making up and making right is needed.

But

Forgiveness is not something YOU can enforce or demand. When the digging doesn’t stop, the sand has no time to settle before another hole is dug, the pit is never ending and the mud is still made of the same color. Of the same bodies. Of the same story. Of the same victims.

Enough killing our men, enough touching our bodies, enough owning our futures, enough oppressing. ENOUGH!

#wematter #blacklivesmatter #enough #youhavenoright #peoplebeforepolice

What’s the cause?

There are so many causes to the ongoing “fast” production and mass production of anything seen as a need. But today marks a day that “fast” fashion and mass production lines need to be addressed, questioned, examined and reliable. There are too many “trends” or “must haves” that we force society to buy, borrow or buy on debt. What can we all do?

Today is International Fashion Revolution Day! Today we remember the tragedy of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, where 1134 people died and over 2500 people were injured on this day in 2013. Today we need to ask our labels “Who made my clothing?” Start to engage with the high and mighty brands and find out if you support their working conditions, the way their workers are treated, paid, and where the products are manufactured.

There are many details we do not know in “fast” stream production, from fast food, mass farming, shoe making and factory lines. So how do we begin investigating? Well here are a few steps to start creating a sustainable, Eco and human friendly fashion revolution:

  1. Turn your label inside out today and ask your brands “Who made my clothes” connect via twitter or Facebook and make them see the need to be reliable for their manufacturing.  www.fashionrevolution.org/get-involved
  2. Buy local, wear local & support local. This may seem expensive, but if we all start doing it we won’t need to export as much and local designers will make enough money to be able to drop the prices. This is an investment! Even a statement bag, jewelry piece, scarf to accessorise or a basic you can wear in all seasons.
  3. Learn to alter or support a local entrepreneur that is a seamstress or does alterations. With a few stitches a piece can look and feel brand new.
  4. Mix it Up! Take summer pieces into winter by layering or accessorising an outfit. Wear dresses tucked into a pants or another skirt so that you have extra tops. Re-wear your garments in as many ways as possible. It saves money and is rather fun.
  5. Finally donate or swap it out. If you no longer fit into something or don’t like it anymore don’t just push it to the back of your cupboard! Give it to someone that will make great use of it, winter is upon us and there are many grateful hands that will rock your garments. But if you have your eye on a friends item swap it out. Better yet; host a super trendy switch & swap night. Everyone brings their items they no longer wear or use (in good condition) and you have a bargaining switch and swap match to all end up with a new wardrobe.

So be a part of the revolution, ask your favorite or biggest brands in your wardrobe the important questions #whomademyclothes , Buy less, support more, mix, match, switch and swap.

Fashion Revolution

Happy Fashion Revolution Day. Be a part of a revolution.

#whomademyclothes? Top by Leandra (Made in Cape Town), Pants by Mali South in Longstreet Cape Town (Made in front of me), Shoes by Madison The Heart of New York. So @madisonshoessa tell me #whomademyshoes? #fashrev

A MODERN HISTORY LESSON

Yesterday marked the 56th year of remembering Sharpeville; a day we know as Human Rights Day. I found many people quietly asking “What is Human Rights Day again?” or “Is it only a South African holiday?”

This irritated me, but I could only blame our system and educational syllabus for not teaching OUR history to us. We do not know our country’s history, our people’s history and positive black history. I find that many, myself included have only started to know our slave history and the true land history of our country way after school. But should this not be in our primary and high school syllabus? Should our history not be taught to us as a priority as this is our homeland? I knew European, American and French history better than that of my own African history. Who do I approach to have black stories told, black history learnt and get our education to highlight why our people still suffer the consequences of our history. The new generations cannot create change if they do not know what started the struggle, who fought for change and who our true heroes are. A history lesson is needed for ALL. We cannot ignore our present and past struggles. Many still have to live in the far away segregated communities, flats and rural areas that were forced during Apartheid, yet many do not even know the truth of our history and who to celebrate. Let’s write, share and teach our history.

The Sharpeville Massacre was an event which occurred on 21 March 1960, at the police station in the South African township of Sharpeville. This date is also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is the day when, 69 ordinary South Africans were gunned down by the South African Police for protesting against the apartheid pass laws; offering themselves up for arrest for not carrying their passbooks.

The day, also referred to as Sharpeville Day and Heroes’ Day, finally made the world aware of the inhumanity of the apartheid regime.

Since 1994, 21 March has been commemorated as Human Rights Day in South Africa.

In 1998, the TRC found that the police actions constituted “gross human rights violations in that excessive force was unnecessarily used to stop a gathering of unarmed people.”

The Marikana Killings was compared to that of the Sharpeville Massacre; on the 16th August 2012, members of the South African Police opened fire with R5 rifle guns on a group of strikers. Within minutes 34 miners were killed, and at least 78 were wounded. The incident was the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since the Sharpeville Massacre.

Our history is important; we need to be able to recognise it when it repeats itself and when no change has been made we need to know what we stand and fight for; what heroes we want to become.

REMEMBER SHARPEVILLE

photo taken from the George Herald

#runlikeagirl #runforeverygirl

F*E*A*R

/fiә/

noun 

  1. A very unpleasant or disturbing emotion caused by the presence or imminence of danger, pain or harm.photoPhoto taken from SA People News.

It is 2016 and it has only gotten worse and grown hightened. Every thought is based on it. What route do I walk? Can I skip the run today? Is this dress asking for attention? Does this top reveal too much? Does anyone know where I am going? Is this place too quiet? Should I stop at this red robot? Can you go with me so that I am not alone?

The fear I feel is echoed by my sister, my mother, my friends and my sisterhood. We know it, we act brave but it gets the best of us. We hear it like the whispers of your comments as we pass by.

We know our rights, we know what we deserve, we know the dangers we face just by baring the body we have. We are aware of them sitting on the corner, shouting things, watching us, trying to own us or intimidate us or instil the fear we already acknowledge.

It is 2016 and you still haven’t changed.

Today and Tonight, like every night and every day; we shall walk, sing, cry, beg, share and pray. For change, for acknowledgment and for respect.

We; women need you; men to listen and to talk to your fellow brothers, fathers, sons, cousins, colleagues and friends and create change. We don’t need to remind us women of our fears we share or of our rights. We need to tell the men to change, to unite with us, to help, to speak out and to respect us.

It is 2016, it is time to listen, to acknowledge and change.

To all our fallen angels; young girls, womyn, mothers, sisters and lovers. Your death matters. We hear it.

Walk with! Walk for every girl in every community! Walk for change! In Khayelitsha at 12pm today!  http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2016/03/12/March-planned-for-murdered-Khayelitsha-woman-Sinoxolo-Mafevuka

In Tokai Forest at 6pm this evening. https://www.facebook.com/events/538211859694069/

 

WHY I STAND?

Mahlala
Malala Yousafzai

I have always been an angry worded beggar for change; in the world and in everyone I know. I sometimes feel that I stand for too many things, I want to see change in EVERYTHING and get de-motivated by the lack of progressiveness in our modern society. After fighting many social media battles, sharing post after post to try share the love for all; races, animals, genders, sexualities, equality and empowerment for people of colour and for women. The fight seems to land on deafened ears and shut eyes. But I have slowly started to see all the change many people I know across the creative industry begin to use their privilege and platform to speak out, to create change, to help those that need it most and to support those trying. I want to share and support companies, individuals and groups that are creating platforms, hustling for change and helping towards a progressive modern day story telling of our own people and own land. This is all about South Africa; the youth, the potential, the defying of social structures in all things from fashion, film, NGO’s, entrepreneurs, media and major platforms. I wish to share with the world what we have to offer and what everyone should support. To bring attention to tough things we need to discuss. I hope to inspire change and pro-gress.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful”. Malala Yousafzai.